In­crease in gov’t aides

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De­spite pledges by the SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment to pare back the pub­lic sec­tor, the num­ber of ad­vis­ers and aides to min­is­ters and gen­eral sec­re­taries has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly.

The num­ber of sup­port staff for cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials stood at 1,984 in May this year, up from 1,888 in De­cem­ber 2014, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment fig­ures.

Apart from in­creas­ing the num­ber of ad­vis­ers, rather than re­duc­ing them, the gov­ern­ment has also cre­ated new state bod­ies such as a ser­vice over­see­ing lo­cal author­i­ties.

In his pol­icy speech in Fe­bru­ary 2015, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras had pledged to “re­lieve the pub­lic sec­tor of its ar­mies of ad­vis­ers.”

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